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Hope to See You Next Wednesday

As I prepare with great enthusiasm to hand the baton of leadership to Mayor-elect Yadira Ramos-Herbert, I am honored that the New Rochelle Democratic Party has chosen to recognize my public service at a dinner next Wednesday, November 15th.  It’s sort of an informal farewell for me, and a wonderful opportunity to gather with long-time friends and supporters.  Please join us.  Catie and I hope to see you there!  Here are details and tickets.

Mayor-elect Yadira Ramos-Herbert!

Out with the old, in with the new. Congratulations Mayor-elect Ramos-Herbert!

I am thrilled to congratulate Yadira Ramos-Herbert on her victory in yesterday’s mayoral election.  A person of exceptional character, integrity, and intellect — and a history-maker — Yadira will be an outstanding mayor for all of New Rochelle.  On a personal note, it gives me special pleasure to hand the baton to a friend and colleague for whom I have the greatest admiration.  Congratulations also to the entire Democratic ticket, which won a clean sweep of every contested race in New Rochelle, preserving a 6-1 majority on the City Council.

Vote Today

The polls are open until 9:00pm tonight.  If you haven’t already voted, please be sure to cast your ballot.  Find your polling place here.  I am proud to support the entire Democratic ticket in New Rochelle, led by Yadira Ramos-Herbert, our outstanding candidate for mayor.  Please also join us for an election night celebration tonight.

A Big Win for Sustainable Westchester

Very proud of my future colleagues at Sustainable Westchester, who secured a highly-competitive $5.65m federal grant to lead decarbonization efforts at dozens of nonprofits across New York State.  Sustainable Westchester is one of just nine awardees nationwide and the only one in the northeast.  A real tribute to Sustainable Westchester’s outstanding team and evidence of their outsized impact on our region.  Here’s more about the program and about Sustainable Westchester’s award.

Leaders, Partners, and Friends

The mayors of Westchester’s largest cities, together with the BCW leadership

One thing I will definitely miss once I leave office is the special relationship that exists among mayors.  Westchester’s cities are helmed by outstanding leaders, and I am grateful for every opportunity to share perspectives with them and learn from their examples.  We were together earlier this week for an excellent conversation sponsored by the Business Council of Westchester.

Visit the Walk of Fame

The recent celebration of the life of E.L. Doctorow helps remind us that New Rochelle has been home to a great many influential and admired figures in the arts, sciences, athletics, media, politics, and more.  If you haven’t visited the Walk of Fame at Ruby Dee Park on Library Green, it is definitely worth a look, or take the lazier approach and view this on your screen.

Early Voting Begins on Saturday, October 28

Early voting begins tomorrow and extends through November 5, with two locations in New Rochelle — the City Hall Annex at 90 Beaufort Place and the United Methodist Church at 1200 North Avenue.  Details here.  There are important elections for Mayor and City Council here in New Rochelle, as well as contests for County Legislator all across Westchester.  Be sure to cast your ballot!

Richard Roundtree, Rest in Peace

New Rochelle native and New Rochelle High School graduate Richard Roundtree, who played the iconic John Shaft and many other roles during his long acting career, has passed away at the age of 81.  Over two generations, many residents of our community — those who knew him personally and those who admired him from afar — have taken pride in and drawn inspiration from Roundtree’s success.  The New York Times has much more.  May Richard Roundtree rest in peace.

Doctorow Statue Unveiled

Sculptor Derek Chalfant, Noam Bramson, Helen Doctorow, Amy Paulin, and Steve Otis

E.L. Doctorow was among the most admired and influential American authors of the past century, and it is a source of great pride to New Rochelle that he called our city home.  Yesterday, joined by Helen Doctorow and the Doctorow family, we stood on North Avenue at New Rochelle High School to unveil a statue in his honor.  My sincere thanks to the volunteer committee which organized this tribute and to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who secured invaluable funding.

The Moth Alights in New Ro

Sandra Torres and Charlotte Muth of The Moth, with Noam Bramson and Angela Derecas Taylor

A sell-out crowd of hundreds for The Moth’s Westchester StorySLAM debut here in New Rochelle, a wonderful kick-off to this weekend’s ArtsFest and a sign of our community’s growing cultural dynamism.  Thank you to themoth.org for alighting in New Rochelle, and thank you to my colleague Angela Derecas Taylor — herself a storyteller who has appeared on the Moth MainStage and been featured on The Moth Radio Hour — for making this great event happen.

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